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News Archives: Index

October 7, 2010: Probation Set For Industrial Action

October 5, 2010: Turning Prisoners Into Taxpayers

October 4, 2010: Murder Changes Now In Force

September 20, 2010: Probation Programmes Face Cuts

August 24, 2010: Victorian Poor Law Records Online

August 10, 2010: Justice Job Cuts

July 28, 2010: Prison Violence Growing

July 22, 2010: Police Numbers: Latest Figures

July 22, 2010: New Jurisdiction Rules

July 16, 2010: CCJS On Prison And Probation Spending Under Labour

July 15, 2010: Latest Statistics On Violent And Sexual Crime

July 15, 2010: Latest National Crime Figures

July 15, 2010: New Chief Prisons Inspector

July 14, 2010: Hard Times Ahead For Prisons: Anne Owers

July 14, 2010: Prison Does Not Work: Ken Clarke

July 13, 2010: Criminal Justice Reform: Sentencing and Rehabilitation

July 13, 2010: Criminal Justice Reform Priorities

July 12, 2010: What Price Public Protection, Asks Probation Chief Inspector

July 12, 2010: NOMS has failed, says Napo

July 10, 2010: IPCC To Investigate Death of Raoul Moat

July 9, 2010: Women In Prison: New Report

July 9, 2009: Unjust Deserts: Imprisonment for Public Protection

July 8, 2010: Police Search Powers Change

July 7, 2010: Make 'Legal High' Illegal, Says ACMD

July 2, 2010: Failing Children In Prison

July 2, 2010: Police Buried Under a Blizzard of Guidance: HMIC

July 1, 2010: Freedom To Change The Law?

June 30, 2010: A New Outlook On Penal Reform?

June 30, 2010: Revolving Door Of Offending Must Stop, Says Clarke

June 30, 2010: Ken Clarke: Speech on Criminal Justice Reform

June 29, 2010: No More Police Targets

June 26, 2010: Family Intervention Projects Questioned

June 25, 2010: Cutting Criminal Justice

June 24, 2010: Napo on Sex Offenders Report

June 23, 2010: Closing Courts: The Cuts Begin

June 23, 2010: Strategy To Tackle Gangs

June 15, 2010: Courts and Mentally Disordered Offenders

June 8, 2010: Working With Muslims in Prison

June 1, 2010: Your Chance To Nominate a QC

December 16, 2008: Prison Service New Race Review

The Prison Service today published their Race Review 2008 report, which details work within the service on race equality over the past five years.

The launch of the the review, which was held at Brixton Prison, is five years to the day since the Commission for Racial Equality (now part of the Equality and Human Rights Commission) published its harshly critical report on race equality in the Prison Service. Brixton was one of the three establishments involved in the CRE's formal investigation.

The review draws upon a wide evidence base, including the various sources of local and national data. It also considers the view of regulators and external stakeholders, as well as the perceptions of prisoners. The review highlights progress made by the service in delivering race equality since 2003,and  demonstrates the progress made in putting the systems and processes in place to effectively manage race equality in prisons. However, the report also acknowledges that, despite considerable changes, the experience of black and minority ethnic prisoners and staff has not been transformed.

Phil Wheatley, Director General of NOMS (National Offender Management Service) said:

'The launch of the review report represents the results of considerable hard work and focus on improving delivery on race by staff at all levels of the Service. Whilst the actions we have taken over the last five years have generated substantial improvements, there is still more to do and we are not complacent."

'In moving forward, the report does not call for a raft of new initiatives but for a more common sense, ordinary understanding of race where right relationships are the key to progress and where good prison officers, good managers, and good leaders are the means of achieving that.'

Justice Minister Shahid Malik said:

'The Prison Service has shown its willingness to be transparent and to engage with its partners in an important, and often challenging, area of its business. On reading the report, there can be no doubt that the Service has come a long way since this day five years ago."

'However, there's no room for complacency. In moving forward, I want to see the Prison Service - both nationally and locally - continuing to work cooperatively with partner organisations, building on the solid foundations already laid to tackle the challenges that lie ahead.'

In response to the publication of the report, Prison Reform Trust director Juliet Lyon commented:

"The racism still embedded in the culture of our overcrowded jails. It would be wrong not to acknowledge and commend the structural change, committed leadership and considerable work done by prison managers to respond to the CRE’s damning criticisms and the Mubarek inquiry report."

"Equally it would be wrong not to admit that, despite all this, the day to day experience of many black and minority ethnic prisoners is one of unfair and unequal treatment. How can you make constructive use of a prison sentence if you live in fear of being victimised or segregated and knowing that when, and if, you complain you will not be taken seriously and that you risk further vilification?"

"One way to tackle the hidden racism that makes people’s lives a misery is to consult prisoners regularly and deal with the concerns they raise."